A US based NGO which works on governmental issues has criticized the
Governments planned commune election laws.
The International Republican
Institute has warned that unless the proposed law is changed the commune
elections "could be as fundamentally flawed as the controversial 1998
IRI cites a lack of independence for commune
councils from the Interior Ministry, failure to reform the National Election
Commission and the failure to establish a credible and independent mechanism to
deal with election complaints as among its main concerns.